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Goren to Set Up Supreme World Rabbinical Council in Israel

January 30, 1973
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Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren disclosed last night that he intends to set up a supreme world rabbinical council in Israel, composed of outstanding rabbis and Torah scholars from Israel and abroad, to discuss the major halachic problems that arise in Israel and diaspora communities. He announced his plans in an address to some 350 Jordan Valley kibbutz members meeting at Ohalo on Lake Tiberias. It was one of several gatherings he has addressed recently on the relations between religion and state in a modern nation.

Rabbi Goren defended the involvement of religion in Israeli politics, a frequent target of critics of the religious establishment here. Insisting that there could be o division between religion and, the state in Israel, Rabbi Goren claimed that there was a need for religious people with common interests to group together in political parties. He said the religious parties had a right to exist both because they were unique and because of the role they played in building the nation.

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